Dumas and Monte Cristo

My interest has been sparked to give ‘The Count of Monte Cristo‘ by Alexandre Dumas a go … again. Yes, I once set my eyes upon this book, and I remember Mercedes but I never got very far in the book. I think I wasn’t “ready” for it.

A few days ago I went online and requested the book at my local library. Today I got the call that it came, so I was excited to go pick it up. I always get excited when getting a new book, I enjoy the feeling of getting lost in a book too much.

The Count of Monte Cristo

I was a bit surprised  by its size. For some reason I don’t recall it being this huge last time. While examining the book I happened to look at it’s spine and I noticed something fascinating, which in turn led me to post about it…

The Count of Monte Cristo

(I added a few measurements to show just how thick it is. Just to think that I wanted to take this book with me on the bus…)

You’ll notice something interesting, how the softcover only has a crease on the first 1/5th of the book. I suppose it is good to know that I am not alone in my attempts to conquer this novel. I hear there is a lesson to be learned…

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Global Bullshit

There is a lot of things in the world that I would like to bitch about, but today has been reserved for Global Warming. The post was inspired by Jennifer’s post about Autumn.

Her post got me thinking about my favorite season. I started to reason with myself, deciding which season would not make the cut. That’s when it hit me, every season has sucked for a few years now due to less than average temperatures. Take for example this past year. The summer has sucked (I woke up to 14C/58F this morning). In fact the summer has been off an on. First it’s crazy hot for a week, then it’s freezing for two. I don’t think we even had a spring because winter forgot to mention it had left. Ever seen somebody who does not have a neck? It seems like their head rests directly on their shoulders? Well that’s how I feel about not having experienced spring. Now it’s fall and I still want to wear shorts and show off my tan while I can. Instead I feel the need to wear jeans and a sweater to work because it’s not quite comfortable in shorts anymore.

So now for my beef with global warming… Where the hell is it? I mean if everybody is going to run around telling me I need to drive a “greener” car and my government should sign some bullshit Kyoto Protocol then it would be nice to be reassured that weather is actually getting warmer. Yeah so a few ice caps will melt, but at least I won’t have to drive as far to get to the Ocean. Thus I’ve decided to go on the record and call the scientist’s bluff on all these whole Global Warming shenanigans. Ok so maybe the weather patterns aren’t as stable and stuff, and we have hurricanes running panic on North America, but c’mon is that any reason to use such bold theories as Global Warming?

I ran across an article about a Russian scientist who is actually predicting Global Cooling, so take that science!

I just want a warmer summer and normal winter (lots of snow please), is that too much to ask?

Knowledge is overrated

I was on my way home from work today when I picked up the local paper and, there on the front page was this photo…

Algonquin College

Like seriously what gives? Don’t tell me I spend nearly 6k a year on “education” when community college has people like THAT go to it!
But hey at least we have a killer engineering program…bleh.

Edit: After starring at this photo for hours, I have a question. Where are all the guys????

Fantasy World

Men live in a fantasy world. I know this because I am one, and I actually receive my mail there.

Scott Adams

Funny yet true…

This is my Opinion

ideaEver tried discussing politics, religion or philosophy with someone who turns out to have their own skewed view of the world?

Personally, I can argue ’till my face turns blue, but at no point do I plan to convince the other person of what I believe. I don’t really care what they believe, my goal is just to share my opinion and show them that life through my eyes is more right than through theirs. However the more I think about it the more it seems that when we argue we do try to achieve acceptance of our argument in the arguing party. Otherwise what’s the point of arguing if the other party always denies your claims. I mean it’s one thing to have opinions denied but it’s another to fight over common knowledge (be it wrong in the long run). Though it’s not exactly possible for someone of different opinion to accept yours in an argument, especially if it completely contradicts their own. Hence the issues that arise from arguing with children, the uneducated and people who think they know everything.

I had an interesting run-in with some strange fellows recently. I plan to write more on this later, maybe even a series, about God, religion and how fucking retarded some people are. Sometimes I wish I belonged to a debate club. I think arguing ideas and theories is in my blood, not to mention I get a real kick out of it. Good thing that I can admit to my, sometimes incorrect opinion/facts/ideas, otherwise some arguments could last forever. Some people, have quite a problem with that you know…

To be honest, I don’t think anything positive can ever come out of an argument. The only plausible way to share your opinion, is simply to share your opinion and not to expect your opponent to respond with acceptance. I think people have trouble doing that. When they hear one side of an argument that actually makes more sense to them than what they believe, they are very unlikely to drop their belief and accept the new idea. That would not only make them appear dumb/weak but it would undermine their self-esteem and confidence. That is why those type of battles almost always end in verbal diarrhea and sometimes bloodshed.

The lesson here folks, share your opinion like it’s your own opinion, don’t try to prove to other people that you are right and the rest of the world is wrong. Nobody likes a bigot and nobody wants to abandon their system of beliefs in a snap.

For example, the blog http://townofautumn.com/blog/ is filled to the rim with bigots. I vowed never to post on that place again but it sure is entertaining to read their biased view of the God, religion and the world. As usual, when there is a crowd of idiots, there is a leader, one who calls himself Martian. But more on that feud later…

NJ 2006

The time is 10:52 Pm on a rather chilly Friday evening. About 3 hours ago we got home from our, what has become a yearly trip to visit friends in New Jersey.
I still remember vividly the days leading up to Friday, two weeks ago, when we were leaving on our vacation. Now that I’m back it’s kind of surreal.

This will probably end up being a long post which will take me some time to write, but I’ve decided I might as well start while everything is still fresh in my mind.

So let’s start at the beginning…

We left on Saturday morning, August 12th. The ride there was about 8 hours with some traffic at the border and one stop for food. As usual, I don’t know why but border crossings make me feel like a criminal. I was the driver for the first part of trip and we had nothing to hide, but just the way the officers ask you questions, makes you (or maybe it’s just me) stammer and forget where I’m from. Not to mention coming back, but more on that later. We were leaving Canada with a cool morning temperature of around low 20C (68F), we had extra shirts in the car in case weather did not improve. Other then that, the trip was uneventful. Same scenic route, same feelings of excitement.

Fortunately the weather did improve by the time we had traveled the 700 some km from our place in Canada. NJ was warmer, but not by much. Comparing to last year, it was cooler there too. The main fear that arose was that the ocean would be cold, because essentially that is the best part of our trip to NJ, the beach and the ocean. Not to mention that sexy tans we get as a bonus. Of course the other fear that I forgot to mention now that I’ve home and it’s behind us, is that of meeting a shark. By the time we made it to our friend’s house, it was close to 8pm and the sun was setting. We unpacked, watched some TV (a show about sharks :S) and went to sleep with high hopes for the days to come. Luckily we would not be disappointed…

What followed our arrival was 8 days spent on the beach and the rest were dedicated to BBQs, shopping and just thinking about nothing…

The most memorable part of course was the time spent at the Seaside Park, on the New Jersey coast. A lot people are surprised when I tell them that the beaches in NJ are amazing. For an 8 hour drive, you get sand dunes, an ocean with waves for surfing or boogy boarding and it’s just plane awesome. Not to mention that there is no worry about sharks. Imagine that, an ocean you can actually swim in (yeah I’m directing that at your Floriday folks). A friend of mine, lived for a whole year in NJ, and never once had been to the beach, I don’t know how that’s possible…

It’s 11:16 PM now and I’m sleepy so I think I’ll continue this tomorrow, I need to catch some Zzzs.
So today isn’t exactly the “tomorrow” I was speaking of. The day is Monday August 28th, 12:10pm and I’m at work.

Now back to the story…
I mentioned above that NJ beaches are shark-worry-free. Well that is true to an extent I suppose. On one of the days at the beach my brother and I had come out of the water and were drying up in the afternoon sun, when I noticed a crowd gathering, with everybody out of the water. Next we saw people pointing at something and sure enough, there it was, the fin of a shark. It’s wasn’t a very large fin, nor was it a large shark. I’d say about 3ft in length. One of the guys on the beach ran in and tried to grab it by the tail, the shark slapped him back and he came back saying how it definitely wasn’t weak. As it was swimming along the shore, it got hit by a large wave and beached on the sand. It tried it’s hardest to make it back into the water but it was too high up on the sand. This was the time everybody actually got a good look at the shark. It looked “friendly” if you ask me. Two guys came in and grabbed it by it torso and threw it back into the water. It’s a shame I didn’t snap a photo though…

Another thing interesting to note is that this year there were a lot of jelly fish, clear ones, that don’t sting. Last year there was a lot of “jellybeans” as we call them, they are jelly-fish-like creatures but the size of jellybeans. It’s always fun to watch how people who are unfamiliar to them react when they first see them. Kids played games of tag with them, ahh vacation.

If there was one thing I wish we had here in Canada (where I live), an ocean close enough to visit. There’s something about the air and the salty water that I adore. Not to mention that waves. Somehow a river just isn’t good enough. Though you can’t do much swimming in the ocean, whereas rivers are great for that. Maybe I’ll move there someday!

As for the rest of the vacation, it was pretty much all about shopping. A lot of things aren’t taxed plus are cheaper (considering currency and all) when bought in the states. So we usually are more conservative during the year, as far as shopping goes, waiting until we get to the states to unleash. Some people don’t believe me when I tell them that it’s much easier to find a bargain in the States than in Canada. I got myself an Esquire watch (oddly enough it’s the same one I picked out last year but figured it was too expensive). Gotta love outlet stores and strip malls!

As for next year, I think a cruise is in order!

Off to New Jersey 2006

As I’ve mentioned before, the time has come for my summer vacation. No computer, no homework, no work. Hopefully I’ll have some fun stories and photos to share when I get back!

In the mean time, here is some beauty…

Tranquility by =dilekt on deviantART